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@hessiejones Totally. I've been in that situation where I so badly want to shout from the rooftops - can't you see this person's true nature!? But I never do. It bugs me all the more when that person's actions impact my relationships in the future. 

6 days, 1 hour ago on Online Integrity: Are You Who You Say You Are?

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@bobledrew I was really worried that you were going to say that when they don't prove to be good and smart that they are declared to be a hideous orangutan and cast off. Fortunately, that isn't what you said. I'm super relieved.

6 days, 20 hours ago on Online Integrity: Are You Who You Say You Are?

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I remember thinking about this a lot back in the 90s when I got my first taste of building relationships online and seeing how fake some people could be. I think those early experiences shaped how I open up online to this day. 

I try to remain optimistic until I see the cracks forming. Even then I don't necessarily back off, though I become more cautious. I also tend to explore their motivation - are they seeking attention, friends, money? Sometimes I can read between the lines and figure it out, which helps me come to terms with it. But in general, their deception is likely the reason I won't continue building a relationship with them. And if they're a business owner as well, it means I may not use their products and services too. 

6 days, 20 hours ago on Online Integrity: Are You Who You Say You Are?

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@ginidietrich We do it fairly regularly. Especially if we're struggling with finding something to write. The tools change, best practices evolve, my beliefs and advice also evolve. It's a great way to figure out what to write when you're not in the mood. Besides, it's human nature to be more critical of your own work than anyone else...may as well put that to good use and perfect it even more with a second pass.

6 days, 22 hours ago on Recycle Existing Content with These Four Tips

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@ClayMorgan  Absolutely. @Lara Wellman just wrote about this on our site a few weeks ago. Your audience changes and so do your views, tools and so many other variables. Why leave a valuable topic buried underneath three hundred posts on your blog when you can launch it to the top with a refresh?

1 week ago on Recycle Existing Content with These Four Tips

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@Sean McGinnis @ginidietrich @KateNolan  I'm pretty sure that's in the T&C for attending. If you don't do it, you're outta there.

1 week, 2 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Lindsay Bell

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@belllindsay you're just so cool and likable. I was really excited that you came to Ottawa last year so I had the chance to meet you. :)

1 week, 2 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Lindsay Bell

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@ginidietrich @bobledrew  That is an awesome photo! 

1 week, 2 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Lindsay Bell

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@ginidietrich @KateNolan  I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess there'd be more heckling at that conference than anywhere ever in the history of the world. All in good fun, of course! Plus, someone would probably bring a squirrel.

1 week, 2 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Lindsay Bell

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@KateNolan  There's gonna be a SpinCon? I hope I get the invite. Wouldn't want to miss that! Can you imagine the Spin Sucks crazies all together in the same room? 

Can the world even handle that?

1 week, 2 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Lindsay Bell

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This is good timing. I'm finishing up a big project (only to start another) and I don't want to lose sight of my goals for growing the business while I'm immersed in doing work. Thanks!

1 week, 4 days ago on The One-Page Quarterly Plan Template

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I got to see @mitchjoel last year at NMX when he spoke with Robert Scoble. It's hard to imagine two more polar opposites on actual practice when it comes to using social media. It was a really interesting conversation. It was a really fascinating discussion and highlighted (for me) that we need both in the world. I didn't get to speak with Mitch at the time, but I'm not surprised he's shy and reserved. There are so many of us. I am working harder to get past my shyness so I can go up to people like Mitch and others that I respect so much and let them know that I appreciate how much I've learned from them. 


And omg, RFPs - ugh.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Mitch Joel

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I love this! I think you should keep at least 10 questions and then make people pick the five they want to answer - then you'll get a little bit of a mix! Or maybe that Inquisition v2.0.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition is Coming!

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@RobBiesenbach And I was Karen Chapman before I got married, so it's pretty much been that way my entire life! The best was when a nurse at the doctor's office pulled my file once, looked at it, looked at me, then said, "You weren't born in 1952." Nope, I sure wasn't.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Online Reputation Management and Adult Films

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I laughed SO hard at that story. Good thing I work at home. Your story reminds me of Molly Wood - formerly an editor at CNET - who has always had to battle with Molly Wood the porn star. Mind you, Molly Wood the journalist has a pretty good platform for staying on top and also letting people know about that other Molly Wood. 


With a name like mine, and given that there's a Karen Wilson purse company, I may never have the top result, but I'm really happy that I have over half the results on the first page. If I wasn't active on social channels and have decently optimized sites (we have some work to do there), it would probably a lot harder for people to find me.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Online Reputation Management and Adult Films

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I know it's a little bit of a detour from your main point (which is well said!), but I think there are valid reasons for anonymity/pseudonymity online. And I'm not sure it's fair to say the majority of the vitriol comes from those comments without proof. I have always thought this research from Disqus was interesting: http://venturebeat.com/2012/01/15/pseudonyms-vs-real-names/


Maybe it's better with a commenting system vs without (which definitely wouldn't be easy to measure), but some of the things I've seen people say with their real name attached make me wonder what they'd do if they could hide behind anonymity, which I agree is just wrong if the point is to use it a shield for the consequences of bad behaviour. Anyway, I sort of felt the need to defend anonymity. 

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Are you now or have you ever been a commentist?!

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I tend to stop reading blogs that don't have comments (except for Seth Godin) because even if I rarely have time to comment, when I do it's because I want to have a dialogue. When I'm not commenting on a blog that has livefyre, I subscribe to replies. 


Comments are such a great opportunity. They can build community, assist with lead generation, and add incredible value to what's already been said in the blog post. I've seen this come up every couple of years and I've never seen a convincing reason for turning them off (except for Seth Godin) and Copyblogger (even with 96% spam) hasn't convinced me. I feel disappointed because they're supposed to be one of the examples that bloggers look to for good advice. This feels more like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. 

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Why We Won’t Shut Off Blog Comments

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